Byron Burgers, Chelmsford
This well-known, high-end chain has a lovely location beside the River Chelmer and is just minutes away from the popular shopping district of Bond Street.
If you love a typically American meaty burger, go for the Reuben which comes with brisket, pastrami, pickles and more. With at least five vegetarian options (some of them vegan), there is something for everyone.
Bond Street, Chelmsford CM1 1GD
Tel: 01245 261010
More info: byronhamburgers.com/bond-street/
Bill's Restaurant, Braintree
You can rely on Bills, especially for classic dishes. There's a decent selection of burgers which won't disappoint.
Bills Halloumi Burger is definitely one to try, especially in summer when you want something flavoursome and zesty. Complimenting the squeaky cheese is tomato hummus, sweet chilli sauce, roasted red peppers, pea shoots, red onion and garlic lemon mayo. Which makes it all sound downright healthy, really.
Braintree Freeport, CM77 8YJ
Tel: 0137 634 9079
More info: bills-website.co.uk/
Henry Burgers, Leigh on Sea
Henry's has become a bit of an Essex institution; gaining a reputation for their imaginative and creative approaches to burgers. It's also an ideal place for a fun night out with cocktails, beers and good vibes.
The HFC is just one example of their inimitable style. Combining buttermilk soaked southern fried chicken breast with cheese sauce, lettuce, jalapenos and Sriracha mayo is a sure way to tickle the taste-buds.
141 Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1PJ
Tel: 01702 715 390
More info: henryburgers.co.uk
Love Thy Burger, Colchester
Garrards Bar and Restaurant
A father and son team set off on a mission to learn about the world's best burgers and they brought their knowledge back to Colchester where they set up Love Thy Burger
The Phat Pig - a beef patty, served with pulled pork, LTB slaw, smoked streaky bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickle ans smokey BBQ sauce - will not leave you hungry. Veggie-lovers will rejoice in the delicious Goody Two Shoes.
58 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DH
Tel: 01206 544 044
More info: lovethyburger.co.uk
Right in the heart of Leigh-on-Sea sits Garrards Bar and Restaurant
. It has a tasty array of dishes to choose from with the burgers being renowned locally.
Pulled pork fans will be spoilt for choice with the pulled pork burger and the unmissable pulled pork dirty fries.
136 Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1AA
More info: https://www.garrards.co/